Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1 LIVE REACTION: Mikel Arteta's men produce impressive display in Emirates win – latest updates

ARSENAL beat Aston Villa 3-1 tonight at the Emirates.

The Gunners went 1-0 up after 23 minutes thanks to a header from Thomas Partey, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their lead from a penalty rebound.

Emile Smith Rowe added a third 10 minutes after half-time thanks to a fortunate deflection, but Jacob Ramsey pulled one back for Villa with a brilliant finish.

  • RESULT: Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa
  • Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Lokonga, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
  • Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Konsa, Tuanzebe, Mings, Cash, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Targett, Buendia, Ings, Watkins

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  • Sam Dymond

    NUNO IMPRESSES

    Nuno Tavares came into the Arsenal side for a first Premier League start this evening, and did he chances of further appearances no harm whatsoever.

    The Portuguese left-back was an electric presence on the flank, consistently stretching the Aston Villa defence and forming an excellent partnership with Emile Smith Rowe.

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    FULL TIME STATS

    Aston Villa's ten attempts all came in an improved second half, but they remained second best to Arsenal throughout.

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    FT: ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    Arsenal are comfortable winners at the Emirates despite a rally too little and too late from Aston Villa. Emile Smith Rowe's deflected effort added to first half efforts from Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the visitors got going. A tremendous first Premier League goal from Jacob Ramsey offered Villa hope in the final stages, but the hosts held on for an impressive, morale-boosting win.

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    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
    ALL OVER AT THE EMIRATES!

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    90+3. Free-kick to Aston Villa just outside the box.

    Leon Bailey went over to win the foul. Leon Bailey stands over the ball with intent. Leon Bailey curls over the crossbar to end Villa's feint hopes.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    90. Four minutes of stoppage time are signalled by the fourth official.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    89. A half-chance for Ramsey to bag his second but he drags his shot across the face of goal.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    88. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes his leave. It's been an eventual evening for the Arsenal captain. He's missed a penalty, scored a goal and set-up Smith Rowe with a delightful assist.

    On comes Gabriel Martinelli.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    86. Thumping challenge from Gabriel on McGinn, on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area.

    The Scottish midfielder flies into the box, and there's the momentary expectation of a penalty being awarded.

    Craig Pawson is on the spot to quickly point it out as a clean challenge.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    85. I wouldn't say that Villa are throwing everything at it quite yet, but there is an element of over-committing.

    It's presented Arsenal with a couple of opportunities to seal the game on the break, but they've failed to materialise.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    84. Another Villa booking, and this one is the daftest of the lot.

    Displeased with one of Craig Pawson's decision, Douglas Luiz picks up the ball and launches it into the turf and away in disgust.

    It's an act of petulance right under the referee's nose, and the yellow card is immediately out.

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    ARSENAL 3-1 ASTON VILLA

    82. Consolation or the start of an epic comeback? Well, it worked for Wolves.

    Douglas Luiz bursts forward from midfield and finds Leon Bailey. The Jamaican international is eager in his endeavours even if his first touch is heavy.

    However, Villa finally get some good fortune when the ball ricochets into the path of Jacob Ramsey, who unleashes a spectacular effort into the top right corner from just outside the penalty area.

    What a way to score your first Premier League goal.

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    GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLL!!
    BRILLIANT STRIKE FROM JACOB RAMSEY!!

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    80. Ten minutes remaining, and while Arsenal are cruising, everyone is casting their mind back to the North London derby.

    The Gunners were in a similar position that day, but conceded against the run of play and eventually found themselves hanging on.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    78. Villa's final substitution introduces Anwar El Ghazi to the action. Lucky Anwar.

    The Dutch winger is on for Danny Ings.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    76. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on for Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    The departing Belgian has put in his best Arsenal performance tonight since arriving at the club.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    75. You have to feel for Emiliano Martinez this evening.

    The Argentine stopper has performed well on his return to the Emirates, making some good saves including one from the penalty spot.

    However, he's been beaten three times, and is currently being serenaded by the stadium with chances of "Aaron Ramsdale, he's better than you."

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    73. By the way, Aubameyang was booked a few minutes ago for a foul on Douglas Luiz.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    72. Martinez denies Aubameyang!

    The hosts cut open Villa again on the break, eventually slipping Aubameyang in on the left.

    The Arsenal captain lines up a right-footed curler, but it's telegraphed by the visiting goalkeeper, who pushes away in eyecatching style.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    70. Ramsdale picks out Sambi Lokonga with another sensational pass. It's like having Xabi Alonso in goal.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    68. Villa make a change of their own, their second of the game.

    On comes 20-year-old Jacob Ramsey for the incredibly disappointing Emiliano Buendia.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    66. Mikel Arteta makes that change, and it's Martin Odegaard that replaces Lacazette.

    Aubameyang will revert to playing the lone striker's role.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    64. Arsenal are on the prowl again.

    Lacazette and Aubameyang combine with a series of twists, turns and passes before Konsa cuts it out.

    Worryingly, Lacazette limps away from the attack and immediately signals to be substituted. It's a real shame for the Frenchman, who has been excellent again tonight after his impressive cameo on Monday.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    62. Fine save by Ramsdale!

    The new Arsenal number one is quickly off his line to block Buendia's shot just as it appeared as though Villa had finally found a way through the home defence.

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    ARSENAL 3-0 ASTON VILLA

    61. It's been some week for Bukayo Saka. Sent skywards by James McArthur on Monday, the youngster has been kicked all over the shop again tonight.

    I hope he's got an ice bath at home.

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